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Trade Agreements Transforming the North American Automotive Industry, 2015–2022

Trade Agreements Transforming the North American Automotive Industry, 2015–2022

This groundbreaking study details the impact of global trade policies, both old and new, on the automotive industry as a whole. It first highlights which Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are currently in force and which are under negotiation with respect to countries in North America (NA). With close to 44 agreements between NA countries and other nations, this region plays a dominant role in global trade. The research goes into fine detail as to the significance of these FTAs for OEMs and suppliers across different regions of the globe. It then extends into providing investment and trade prospects for value chain participants in different regions of the globe and covers how they can benefit from these FTAs. The study period is 2012 to 2022.


  • Executive Summary
    • Executive Summary—Key Findings
    • Executive Summary—Snapshot of Trade Agreements Timeline
    • Executive Summary—OEMs' Global Trade
    • Executive Summary—Impact Analysis of Trade Regulations on Global Operations of Select OEMs
    • Executive Summary—Regional Automotive Impact of NA Regulations
    • Executive Summary—Regional Automotive Impact
    • Executive Summary—Expected Trends in Key Trade Agreements
    • Executive Summary—Expected Trends
  • Research Scope, Objectives, and Methodology
    • Research Scope
    • Research Aim and Objectives
    • Key Questions this Study will Answer
    • Research Background
    • Research Methodology
    • Key OEM/Participant Groups Compared in this Study
  • Segmentation
    • Vehicle Segmentation
  • Overview of Trade Agreements for North America
    • Snapshot of North American Trade Agreements
    • Free Trade Agreements for North America
    • Top 5 Regulatory Impacts on North American Automotive Industry
    • Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
    • Goals and Key Highlights of TPP
    • TPP—Key Country Trade-offs
    • Countries Divided in TPP
    • Non-tariff Barriers for OEMs in Japan
    • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
    • Key Factors Determining the TTIP
    • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
    • Key Factors Determining NAFTA
    • South Korea and United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS)
    • Key Factors Determining the KORUS FTA
    • Canada and South Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)
    • Key Factors Determining the CKFTA
    • Mexico and Japan Free Trade Agreement
    • Key Factors Determining Mexico—Japan Agreement
    • Preferential Trade Agreement between Mexico and Brazil
    • Key Factors Determining Mexico–Brazil Agreement
    • Impact of Trade Agreements on the NA Automotive Industry
  • OEMs' Strategies for Global Trade Agreements
    • Global Centers of Automotive Production
    • BMW
    • Daimler
    • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)
    • Ford Motor Company
    • General Motors (GM)
    • Honda
    • Hyundai Kia
    • Renault Nissan
    • Toyota
    • Volkswagen (VW)
  • Key Conclusions
    • Key Conclusions—Rationale for OEMs' Success
    • Key Findings and Future Outlook
    • Top 5 Growth Opportunities
    • The Last Word—Top 3 Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Definitions
    • Market Engineering Methodology

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